Oh, It’s On! John Vs. MarDevil Was One Hell of a Cliffhanger on Days of Our Lives — But What Now? Plus, Was There More to All That Love in the Afternoon?
October 18 - 22
It’s funny how quickly a show can change. A few weeks ago, I was ranting about how dull the storylines were, and then… bam! The devil came to Salem. While possession isn’t for everyone, Salem did a complete 180 in recent weeks shaking almost every storyline up, even if it’s not directly related to MarDevil. Let’s get to it!
Nothing Gets By John Black
In a genre where characters successfully impersonate others for months, it was refreshing for John to immediately realize something was wrong with Doc. He should know, he’s been in love with the woman for decades and was there the last time his wife was possessed by the devil. Not to mention, Satan is doing a terrible job of impersonating Marlena. It’s entertaining as heck to watch, but flippant, blunt, and callous is not Marlena’s style. Everyone should realize that.
I also question the devil’s ability to cover their tracks. I mean, they’re just going to leave the recording of Doug’s session out for anyone to listen to? If Satan can become an emoji, then surely they can figure out how to delete a recording. Although, Satan’s carelessness was a boon to viewers because it led John to confront MarDevil, who happily confirmed his worst nightmare.
What resulted was a perfect cliffhanger, but what happens now? We know the storyline has ways to go, as Deidre Hall previewed there’s stuff coming up at Christmas time, so will John become a pawn in her plan? Or will MarDevil send him off to room with Doug in Bayview? Whatever happens, I’ll be glued to my TV because I am thoroughly entertained.
— 🐰🐾🐿 #Elani fan 🐿🐾🐰 Proud TJ Fan (@Bunnies798Acorn) October 22, 2021
— Liz ※ (@abetterlizard) October 22, 2021
Devil Baby Explosion?
Speaking of the devil, we know their plan has to do with babies. Specifically Ben and Ciara’s baby. But could it involve others’ as well? There were a few couples getting frisky on Thursday’s episode, which definitely stood out, but I didn’t connect the dots until soap fan Marnie O. tweeted her theory:
Its October 21, 2021. Ciara & Ben had sex (to make a baby), Gabi & Jake had sex, and Lani & Eli had sex. Who’s gonna actually make a baby and whose baby gonna get switched out by the Devil? 🤣🤣🤣 I watch way too many soaps. #Days
— Marni Ockene (@fuzzytomato) October 21, 2021
Could an “Elani” or “Jabi” baby be on the way as well? Or instead of? Was “Cin” just a misdirect, or could Salem soon be home to three devil babies? If for no other reason, all that sexy time new parents Eli and Lani have time for might actually serve a function other than just to heat up the screen. I lamented about Eli’s lack of purpose last week and battling the devil for the soul of his child would definitely course correct that.
Spreading Around the Drama
As for Jabi, I don’t love that Jake’s boneheaded actions got Abe shot (how was he actually a mob enforcer?) but I do like that it brought him into yet another storyline. Days is doing a great job of incorporating most of their cast across storylines. Much like Kayla and Steve entering EJ’s and Kristen’s orbit. I mean, how great was it to see “Stayla” teaming up together? And Kayla playing drunk? Hilarious. It was fun and different for these two who used to be far more adventurous than they have been.
Abe getting shot leads into James Reynolds’ 40th-anniversary episode on Monday, which will be a much-deserved showcase for the veteran actor and character. But like the others, it also bleeds into other stories as well. There’s Jake and Gabi, as the former’s the one who got him shot; and MarDevil, as she knows Paulina’s big secret, which is sure to come out any time now. I am wondering if he’ll need a blood transfusion, prompting Lani to donate, whereupon she’ll learn they’re not actually related.
The Old Timer’s Still Got It
As much as I dislike Victor’s use of derogatory terms for every woman he meets aside from Maggie, and maybe Trask now, I do appreciate that he’s still wheeling and dealing. But who knew he and the D.A. would be “soulmates.” I kinda like it and wouldn’t mind them teaming up for more. It makes sense that Trask would do anything to get Kristen, considering Kristen killed her daughter (it wasn’t intentional, but still) and that includes freeing Xander and Justin for their crimes.
And despite Victor and Xander being estranged, it proved he’s still going to look out for his nephew. As Justin said, family is Victor’s bottom line. Though he’s also not above throwing his family under the bus either. Regardless, teaming Justin and Xander up was genius. Not just for the comedy of Xander trying to take his cousin under his wing in prison, but for the familial connection as well. Heck, even Gwen and Bonnie were enjoyable. The scenes of them sharing a cell might have been the most I’ve liked Adrienne’s doppelganger.
Not Even His Mother Isn’t Sympathetic
This week was also the most I’ve liked Philip. He was actually self-aware enough to acknowledge that his jealousy was driving Chloe away, and, more importantly, he was subdued. No overreactions or mustache-twirling. I actually almost felt bad for him, but then I remembered how unhinged he’s been.
This line of Kate’s to Philip was great: “I would feel sorry for you if you didn’t already have that covered yourself.”
That’s all I got for this week. As always these are just my opinions on the goings-on in Salem. What are yours? Sound off in the comments!
Kristen’s returning to Days of Our Lives next week. Now, we just need the characters in the photo gallery below to join her. See if you agree with our picks of characters from all four soaps we’d like back on our screens, immediately.
<p>Of all the calamities faced by these two over the years, perhaps the most tragic might be that they found their happily-ever-after both in Italy and off screen! We’re told the pair will make sporadic visits like their recent return for Victoria and Ashland’s wedding, but we’re greedy and want far more than the occasional update. </p>
<p>Sarah went to all the trouble of helping bad boy Xander Kiriakis get in touch with his inner good guy only to then be kidnapped by crazy Kristen DiMera. If Sarah doesn’t get her butt back to Salem soon, he may be fully corrupted again by Gwen Rizczech. </p>
<p>We’ve said for ages now that Forrester Creations needs a little competition, so why not have these two bring back both Jackie M and the fashion house’s sexy, daring photoshoots? As an added bonus, the fact that they’re not technically related to anyone on the current canvas means they could stir a whole lot of romantic pots! </p>
<p>They say the key to success is to do what you love, so it’s not surprising that Mikkos’ widow is so good at being evil. After all, nothing gives her more pleasure than torturing the residents of Port Charles. Oh, sure, she’s supposedly dead… but when has that stopped anyone in this town from returning?</p>
<p>Come on, people, you can’t seriously expect us to believe that Dru is the only person in the history of daytime television to fall off a cliff, never have a corpse be found and actually be dead-dead. Nope. We are having absolutely none of it. Dru is out there somewhere with a perky hat perched atop her amnesia-riddled head, just waiting to regain her memory and rise from her premature, watery grave.</p>
<p>We’ve long been told that bad girls have more fun. While we’re not sure if that’s true, we know that audiences have more fun when a bad girl like Sami is around… a sentiment we’re sure ex-husbands EJ and Lucas would completely agree with, at least if you catch them on days when they didn’t want to throttle her! <strong>Update:</strong> We got Sami back in the fall of 2021.</p>
<p>To this day, we’ll never understand where this couple’s love story went wrong… mainly because the show never bothered to tell us! After heading to Europe, she eventually returned solo, filed for divorce and promptly disappeared. It’s time for this power couple to resurface, reunite and reclaim their respective positions at Forrester Creations!</p>
<p>Monica may like to remind us that the mansion is hers because — all together, now! — Alan gave it to her, but Tracy will always rule the Quartermaine roost as far as we’re concerned. Bristly as a porcupine and twice as difficult to get close to, she’ll nonetheless cut to the quick anyone who tries to hurt those she loves.</p>
<p>Let’s face it: Cane was not an easy guy to love. Just ask Lily Winters, to whom he told one lie after another during their tumultuous marriage. But now that she’s moved on with Billy Abbott, maybe the time is right for her ex to return… whether to prove himself a changed man and fight for her love or romance one of Genoa City’s other lucky ladies. (We asked portrayer Daniel Goddard if he’d consider returning and <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/the-young-and-the-restless/news/609811/young-restless-daniel-goddard-cane-exit-return/" target="_blank">his response was… interesting</a>!)</p>
<p>It’s always tough when a beloved character exits, but it’s particularly hard when her absence… well, it kinda doesn’t make much sense. Hope left town to find her beloved daughter, Ciara, who has since returned from the dead and remarried her true love, all without mom by her side because… ? Yeah, we got nothin’.</p>
<p>It’s kind of insane that the occasionally-unbalanced shrink’s kids have had babies, suffered addictions and fallen in love with mannequins — we’re lookin’ at you, Thomas — and yet Taylor hasn’t put in an appearance. Does she really want to look like a worse parent than Deacon, for heaven’s sake? <strong>Update:</strong> We got Taylor back in the fall of 2021 with Krista Allen (ex-Billie, <em>Days of Our Lives</em>) taking over the role from Hunter Tylo).</p>
<p>ike pop Luke Spencer, Ethan is the kind of bad boy it’s OK to love because we all know that when push comes to shove, he’s going to do the right thing. How easy is it to picture him trading barbs (and eventually, kisses) with fiery Britt, or maybe giving Brando a run for the money where Sasha is concerned?</p>
<p>At this point, we’re preaching to the choir on this one. The soap’s viewers have made it abundantly clear that they want to see Genoa City’s top cop back in action, and we’ve even offered up numerous suggestions as to <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/gallery/young-restless-story-ideas-for-paul-pictures/" target="_blank">storylines he’d be perfect for</a>. While our collective pleas have thus far fallen on deaf ears, that doesn’t mean we’re ready to give up the fight!</p>
<p>The last time Eric came home, we were thrilled… until we realized he would only be in town long enough to discover then-wife Nicole’s infidelity before heading back to Africa. Now that she’s moved on, it’s time for Eric to realize he should have fought for his true love and recognize the truth in the words “better late than never.” <strong>Update:</strong> Greg Vaughan was a Christmas present from<em> Days of Our Lives</em> to viewers in 2021.</p>
<p>Not only would we love to see Brooke’s elder daughter back on our screens, but she’s been gone long enough now that the adorable tot above — her son with Owen Knight, Logan — could easily be SORAS’ed into the kind of troublemaking teen of which the show is in desperate need.</p>
<p>Frankly, we don’t care on which show Amber pops up because where she goes, a good time is sure to follow. Sure, maybe not for the people who get caught up in her inevitable schemes, but for us as viewers? <em>That</em><em>‘s </em>entertainment. </p>
<p>Although original portrayer Joseph Mascolo passed away in 2016, the iconic villain he so perfectly played has lived on. So why not allow The Phoenix to rise once more, whether via a recast (tough as that might be to imagine) or another of Dr. Rolf’s attempts to inject Stefano’s essence — which still sounds majorly wrong — into another Salemite… perhaps this time, someone far more willing than was Steve.</p>
<p>This one’s a no-brainer, given that we already know the mistakenly-declared-dead Brit beauty is out there, somewhere. Unfortunately, nobody in Port Charles has yet clued in on this fact! Perhaps while searching for Drew, Hayden or some other missing person, someone will stumble upon the fact that reporters of Holly’s death were, as they say, greatly exaggerated!</p>
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